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Paraplegic tops Teachers' Eligibility Test

Paraplegic tops Teachers' Eligibility Test

TNN May 21, 2012, 06.45AM IST

GUWAHATI: He waited patiently, just like the thousands others who had gathered at the National Stadium, but his name was called in the first few moments after the announcement of the commencement of distribution of engagement letters to those who had cared the Teachers' Eligibility Test under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
Topper Mintu Bora (in pic left), aged 32, is paraplegic. A native of Baharangbari at Gohpur in Sonitpur district, he was in dire straits four years ago after an infection affected his central nervous system and his spine, rendering him handicapped. But against all odds, he succeeded to achieve what he believed in. Bora, the highest scorer in the physically disabled category with 233.66 marks out of 400 in TET for Upper Primary level, on Sunday collected his engagement letter from chief minister Tarun Gogoi and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday.

A former employee at a private insurance firm, Bora also happens to be a close relative of famous freedom fighter Kanaklata, who faced bullets from the British in her attempt to hoist the Tricolor during the Quit India Movement in the early '40s. He quit his job to pursue his passion of teaching, and last year, when the government announced the commencement of statewide eligibility test for teachers, Bora decided to pursue it and take up the challenge.
"I love teaching and it is my passion. I want to bring change to the society and inspire the new generation to meet challenges boldly and honestly. I am a graduate in arts, specialized in economics and want to teach social science," said Bora.
Asked what challenges the education scenario is facing at the moment, Bora said that emphasis must be laid on the moral values and role of parents and guardians should be made more important and sacrosanct. He added that as a teacher he will work to retain the good aspects of education and help instill values required for students to be good human beings and contribute to build a better society.

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